Blue Sky Hotel
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The weather was looking to be a hurdle for our departure from Dallas, but soon the issue was no longer one. We left DFW airport with no lines and no delays. Arrived in Cancun, & customs with no episodes. Its was the car rental that through the kink in our well laid plans. The cheap car rental we hoped to get from Expedia was a joke, but if that was all we had to complain about we should be ashamed of ourselves. We soon met ...
... out where they left from), or catch a taxi. The next morning we organized with two others from our hostel to catch a taxi together. We left our place at 8:30 am to get out to the ruins before all the crowds got there. When we arrived there were still loads of people, it's the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico. They were pretty amazing to see and in a different setting then the other ruins we have seen. All the buildings are ...
El Buen Fin is the cheapest time of the year. During this weekend, Friday to Monday, in Mexico you are able to enjoy discounts everywhere, with almost every shop offering at least 15% off their products! How amazing is that? As if I didn't need another excuse to visit the shops, on Friday, Rosie and I went to Plaza la Isla which is in the Hotel Zone and is a really pretty mall built within the lagoon. I did well, subconsciously or not, forgetting to bring my ...
... up and then turn around when he got tired. Okey dokey...and away we went. There was a rope hanging down the middle but that was pretty much useless on the way up. The stairs were so steep and far apart that when you stood on one you could (and had to) put your hand on the one in front of you to go up. About a quarter of the way up Dad and I stopped for a rest and looked down. As we looked down I thought "I can't do this. I'm going down" and Dad said, "I ...
... Luckily we saved the best to last. Both Liv and I loved our 3 days in Tulum. It had a much more relaxed feel to it and the hostels we stayed in were fantastic. So far they have been the best on this trip by far. The beaches down here were really wide, shallow and easy to access. They also have some beautiful Mayan ruins overlooking the ocean.
While we were signing into the second hostel something jumped up onto my lap, my first thought was it was a cat with really ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Sky Hotel Tankah
It has been a positive experience from our first email to Janice to our final goodbye to Tony the manager.
Beautifully appointed room, right down (or up) to the blue sky painted vaulted ceiling. Supremely comfortable bedding, excellent shower with ample hot water and pressure. Lovely location; you are truly right on the beach. Quality of snorkeling from shore will depend on weather and your sensibilities. It is rocky and shallow for a ways out, so access is tricky. We had windy conditions, which made for poor water clarity, but there was a lot to be seen. There is no longer a buoy to tie up to with the hotel kayaks, so you have to swim out, being mindful of the currents. Across the street, snorkeling in the cenote was amazing! Not only did we see myriads of fish, but on a snorkel near sunset we found ourselves close to birds coming in to roost; a green-backed heron actually jumped into the water with us and two white-fronted parrots flew over us. Food at the hotel restaurant was well-prepared and delicious, but the menu is limited, so if you need many choices, be prepared to go out. Breakfast was to our taste--fresh fruit plate with yogurt and granola, toast and coffee. We did find it a bit off-putting that we were expected to pay for our dinners every night instead of at the end of our stay, particularly when the restaurant got busy one night and we waited forever for our check. I would say this is an example of the "eccentric" nature referred to in earlier reviews, but all in all, our requests were cheefully fulfilled and we truly enjoyed our 4-night stay.
I couldn't agree more with the review by A TripAdvisor User, Charlotte, NC. Pretty much exactly what I would have written about the Blue Sky. Yes it is quirky and the Italian manager is eccentric to say the least but the rooms are lovely and well decorated and are kept nice and clean. We too stayed in a Junior Suite - I would recommend for the extra room - with a terrace facing right on to the beach.There is a small Italian restaurant run by the eccentric caretaker - good food - but also some really good places in Tulum (Don Cafeto for great breakfasts and authentic Mexican food, Zamas at Tulum beach also nice although slightly pretentious!) - and next door Casa Cenote not bad. I would recommend car hire since it would be a bit tricky without one.The Cenote behind the hotel is beautiful for swimming in. Beach is rocky so not so good - although very beautiful - loads of Pelicans etcAll in all a great little place for a relaxing break. We stayed 8 days and then went on to Maroma for another week (I have also reviewed this). Would definately return.Finally - a trip to the Sian K'aan reserve is a must - get Toni at the hotel to organise it for you.
We recently stayed at Blue Sky. It really is a lovely place to go and get away, while avoiding the "resort" world of Cancun. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites and it had a nice amount of room and was "done" very tastefully. There are some quirky things about staying at Blue Sky, or any of the hotels in the Tulum (lower Riviera Maya) areas, but you do have to set your expectations correctly for the area you are visiting. If you are really intense and have a service expectation that is rarely met wherever you go --- it won't be met here either.
I just returned from a week in the Yucatan -- we spent 3 nights at Blue Sky and I didn't want to leave it! You can't ask for a more beautiful or tranquil setting, but with lots to do nearby. We had a suite with a HUGE balcony overlooking the ocean. When we arrived there were fresh flowers in the room -- in fact, the word "bienvenidos" was actually spelled out in petals on the bed! Besides the kayaks there for the guests' use, there's a cenote right across the street which was amazing. Just down the road are the ruins at Tulum and a little further is Coba. It was just so relaxing and beautiful. The management was wonderful. Mariana and Eduardo went out of their way to assist us with whatever we needed. We had a great meal at the restaurant, and there are some other places to dine locally as well. The entire experience was exceptional --- I can't wait to return!
I noticed that one of the other reviewers had a horrible experience, but my wife and I stayed there for three nights on our honeymoon during the first week of August and we had the time of our lives! Sure, one of the kayaks had a sloooow leak, but the other one didn't. Besides when you put a kayak in the water and water leaks in then should you still take it out??? The property manager was the most generous and helpfull person we met during our two week honeymoon. Also, Tony, the resident Italian chef was beyond awesome. If someone had a bad time at the hotel it had to be that person's problem because we had a spectacular time!
Also, the cenote behind the hotel is soooo refreshing.
Management change Nov. 2002 - a great new addtion to Blue Sky Hotel
Hola,Blue Sky Hotel takes pride in offering a tranquil, luxury atmosphere with all the little quirks you deserve on your vacation. We did a complete management change in November 2002 for the exact reasons mentioned above in another review. Mariana and Eduardo are newly weds and the most worderful, helpful people - we are very lucky to have them on board. As reservation manager - I recieve emails all the time from clients once they get back home from there vacation - about this great couple and the services supplied at Blue Sky.Warm RegardsJanice SpateReservation ManagerBlue Sky Hotel
The worst experience I have ever had
The Blue Sky was the worst experience I have ever had in Mexico. I have traveled all over Mexico and stayed in some very budget places. The Blue Sky was going to be a luxury experience; air conditioning, kayacks, pretty etc. The place was very pretty. However, there were nasty bugs in the room, the manager wouldn't turn on the air conditioner, took the kayack out; turned out it had a hole and overturned me on a sharp rock, the manager was verbally abusive. I complained to the management company and they did not offer to refund any money. This was August 2002. Maybe its different now. I wouldn't bet on it.
The managers at Blue Sky, Mariana and Eduardo,were very friendly, warm and accommodating.The restaurant has a very good chef, Tony, with an Italian flare. All of his dishes were very fresh and tasty. Upon our arrival to our suite we were greeted with fresh cut flowers, beautiful furnishings, ans the most comfortable bed I have slept in. The mattresses had a memory foam pad. The towels were folded in the shape of swans and everthing was very clean. The housekeepers must love their jobs.We snorkled, kayaked and rode bikes, and went to the town of Tulum and the very nice beaches there. We also went to nearby Puerto Aventuras to swim with the dolphins and to Playa del Carmen and took the ferry to Cozumel for a day trip. WE had a fantastick week. You can make Blue Sky as busy or as restful as you want. We definately go back. I still crave Tony's fresh fish!